‘It’ Remake Finds Its Pennywise

Perhaps one of the biggest talking points for the It remakes has been who they would get to play Pennywise.  Whoever they would choose would have some large shoes to fill left by Tim Curry in the 1990 made for television adaptation.

It has been announced that the role has been cast, going to Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, We’re the Miller’s).  His work in the upcoming The Revenant caught the studio’s attention and it is said that his audition for Pennywise sealed the deal. 

Review: A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Director: Chris Hopewell, Crispian Mills
Release Date: June 8 2012
Based on: Paranoia in the Launderette by Bruce Robinson
Genre: Horror Comedy
Starring: Simon Pegg
Availability: Streaming on Netflix and other sites

Summary: Children’s book author Jack (Simon Pegg) has switched genres and is working on a book about Victorian Era serial killers.  His research has left him paranoid, which is only worsened when a serial killer becomes active in his neighborhood.

Stumbled across this on Netflix last night and the wife and I decided it was worth a try.  I hadn’t heard of it, but I loved Pegg in Shaun of the Dead.  While it was an interesting story, Pegg is what really made it shine.

With the exception of a few jump scares and minor gore, the subject matter is the main component of the horror aspect.  The film is very much a comedy placed within a horror atmosphere, which Pegg excels at. 

Much of the humor comes from Jack’s paranoia and his dramatic over reactions to his fears.  He creates situations for himself that only worsens his fears and leads to more laughs for the audience.

Overall I enjoyed the film and would recommend it.

Daryl Dixon Death Rumors Silenced

Fans have been worrying that Daryl Dixon’s days were numbered on The Walking Dead.  This was started with reports that actor Norman Reedus had put his Atlanta home up for sale. 

In a recent interview Reedus squashed these rumors by admitting “that’s not even my house.  It’s a rumor.” So fans can rest easy that Daryl’s death isn’t imminent, or at least as imminent as they were thinking.

The Walking Dead is set to begin filming season 6 next week and will premiere in October.  Look for the companion series Fear The Walking Dead later this summer.

Silent Hills Has Been Silenced

One of the games I’ve been looking forward to most is Silent Hills.  A collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro, Hideo Kojima, and Norman Reedus was a dream come true.  This was going to be one of the upcoming titles to convince me to make my move to the next gen consoles, but the departure of Kojima has left the project shrouded in mist.  Del Toro has noted that “it isn’t going to happen” though it looks like he was speaking of his collaboration with Kojima.  However, news that the teaser is being pulled from the PlayStation store by the end of the month does not bode well for the project. 

Konami has not made a statement on the matter though Norman Reedus posted on Twitter ” Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll come back around. Sorry everyone 🍕 http://t.co/drZJ8tBsSN”

“Scream Queens” a Comedic ‘Coven’?

Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series “Scream Queens” is set to star Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis.  Roberts revealed that the show will have a vibe similar to Coven, noting the largely female cast is part of the reason.  The series is said to have more of a Comedic nature though.  It will be interesting what he does with the show in comparison to American Horror Story.

Iconic Scream Scene to be Redone in Series

The iconic scene with Drew Barrymore in the original film is being shot with actress Bella Thorne.   The series is rumored to center around a YouTube video, and features a new ghostface mask.

Filming that iconic scene can only mean one of two things. 

1.) The series is going to be a remake of the film franchise.

Or (and what I believe to be more likely)

2.) It is a nod to the franchise, with the series going meta, a staple of the films. 
Either way, I’m interested to see how it plays out.